Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/14/12
AFC EASTPatriots-Really a no-brainer here. The Patriots defense may be lacking at times, but their offense is just too potent, especially with the addition of Brandon Lloyd. Even though their pre-season game ended 7-6 over the Saints, everyone knows they are holding everything back. Josh McDaniels is back coaching Tom Brady. McDaniels was the offensive coordinator when Brady threw for 50 touchdowns in 2007-2008. The Dolphins are rebuilding, the Jets have close to zero offense, and the Bills have close to zero defense (although they are trying to turn the corner). In  Welker, Gronk, Hernandez, and Lloyd we trust.AFC NORTHRavens-Another tight division race with the Steelers this year. The Ravens are my pick because no other team did anything to dethrone them. The Steelers are having issues with Mike Wallace and they have a hole at running back with Rashard Mendenhall out with an ACL tear. The Bengals were a surprise team last year. They added the law firm, BenJarvus Green-Elllis, but...
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